“…I rode broncos on all the ranches and rode all day instead of eight seconds!”
William Ronald ‘Buck’ Mead was born October 20, 1914 to William Robert and Eunice Mae Mead north of Mullinville, Kansas. On March 14, 1937 he married Ruth Hopkins in Greensburg, Kansas. They had a son, Ronnie, and two daughters, Marjorie and Karen. Buck was a working cowboy who worked many ranches in Kiowa County, including the Robbins, Greenleaf, Parkin and Pyle. He also ranched in Clark, Comanche and Ford Counties. Buck had worked for the late George Broadie. Though Buck was primarily a working cowboy, he did participate in some rodeos in team tying and calf roping. He moved to Kiowa County in 1981 and was a member of the Kiowa County Saddle Club. In 1987 Buck was named “Outstanding Cowboy” at the Clark County Fair Parade. Buck was so highly regarded that in March 1988 The Cowboy Supply Store in Greensburg named him their first “Cowboy of the Year” and celebrated “Buck Mead Days.” On October 14, 1995 Buck Mead died just a few days before his 81st birthday.
Year inducted: 2007